Today Not For Sale Peru launched artisan trainings for 130 women in 7 native communities in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Not For Sale's Peru coordinator, Ricardo, reports that this training represents the first phase in a long-term engagement with 7 communities and affecting over 360 families in the region.
Today was the official party to celebrate the launch of Not For Sale partner's new factory in Delhi. Current employees welcomed new staff, women from trafficked and exploited backgrounds into their new workplace, where they are to receive Not For Sale job training and dignified employment. Our partners in India have worked tirelessly the past weeks and months to get the factory open so today we celebrated together over video call with Chai and Sweets as is customary in India! Congratulations!
Today, two women who were exploited through human trafficking joined Not For Sale Amsterdam in the HOME kitchen for some basic skills training. The ladies took part in making soup alongside the HOME chef. According to Toos Heemskerk, NFS Amsterdam Director, "Our idea of providing training to women has been in development for so long. Today it feels like our dream became a reality." First reports have already come back from the women who took part, and they are very excited to continue their training next week!
Josefina was trafficked following the death of her husband. The eldest of her daughters was also trafficked and the second eldest was on the brink of following suit. She mentioned how initially she was eager not to abandon her traffickers, she was frightened for her future and well-being. However, after Not For Sale managed to provide safe living conditions and food, Josefina began to accept the difficult situation leaving would place her children in. Today she is employed in a sustainable industry in the region and her daughters are enrolled in formal education.